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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 05, 2013, 11:41:01 PM »
Female Cardinal in the snow a few days ago.

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: January 05, 2013, 05:46:13 PM »
I did a 10 day float trip through the Grand Canyon 4 years ago which included over 120 rapids, several Class V.  All of my gear (and that of many others) was in Pelican cases.  The float guides and a pro photographer that was on the trip said that Pelican makes the best cases for this type of use.  I'm sure the guides especially know what they are talking about as they see plenty of different cases and bags and knows what works and what fails.  I use 3 different Pelican cases, depending on what size I need. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:50:57 PM »
Perhaps we should all just wait 10 more years, and then we'll be able to rummage through garbage cans and get the 5DIII for free.

Let's not bother talking about how much the price has dropped: as technology progresses, the price of older tech goes down.  All that I was doing was letting people know who wanted to jump on a good price for today's market.  Market conditions will always dictate price, and a year ago $3,500 was the price.  If you don't like how things go out of date, I suggest you find a different world to live in.


I agree on this one, depreciated way, way too quickly.  To think I bought mine in July for $3,500 and 4-5 months later it could have been had for almost $1,000 less.  I don't understand a lot of the posters on here either as money is extremely important to me as well and I sure don't like to see depreciation happen that quick. Had it been over a period of 12-24 months it would not have been so bad, but roughly 30% drop in less than 6 months?  I could have used that $1,000 to buy other gear.  Oh well, I learned my lesson and will adjust my buying pattern on the next body I buy.  Minimum of a year after relaese before I buy the next one. 
Yeah of course technology depreciates, but stop acting so condescending like everyone knew the camera would drop 1/3 of it's price in 7 months.  Show me one other Canon product that has followed a similar price pattern.  There were plenty of polls about when the 5D3 price would drop to $3k and none of them were anywhere close to what ended up happening.  And most were about a drop to $3k, if you had said $2500 people would have laughed at you.

I think most assumed it would be somewhat like the 5D2,  which was pretty much the same price as it was when it was released even a year after it came out.

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Software & Accessories / Re: CamRanger?
« on: December 29, 2012, 04:57:08 PM »
Thanks for the comments. I am very interested in one of these for shots this coming spring of nesting birds. Could prove to be a very valuable tool for remote work such as that.

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Software & Accessories / CamRanger?
« on: December 29, 2012, 04:01:08 PM »
Has anyone used one of these, and if so, what to you think of it?  You can view a short video of its use on their website, camranger.com

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Lenses / Re: A few words on Adorama's customer service
« on: December 29, 2012, 03:30:55 PM »
I bought the 70-200 f2.8 is II at $2099, then a few days later, it went on sale for $1999.  I called customer service on Dec 17, and they said they were going to credit my account back the $100. 

I am still waiting for my refund.  I emailed them twice asking for a status and they still haven't responded. >:(

Anyone know how long it takes to get a response?

I got a credit on my account, meaning the money is there the next time I buy something. A credit to your account does not necessarily mean a true refund.

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Lenses / Re: A few words on Adorama's customer service
« on: December 29, 2012, 11:51:04 AM »
I had a similar experience with them a few months ago with a price drop after the purchase of several CF cards. One e-mail and I had the difference credited to my account. Very much appreciated.

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Landscape / Re: Holiday Landscapes
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:41:33 PM »
Two shots from a recent visit to Washington, DC.

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Landscape / Re: Holiday Landscapes
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:40:11 PM »
Wonderful idea. Nice photos so far and hopefully, we'll see a lot more!

Nonac...I grew up in Springfield and visited Branson and SDC many times.  :)

Nice.. Lived in Missouri my whole life.  Visit, SDC 3-4 times every year, with at least one of them at Christmas time.

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Landscape / Holiday Landscapes
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:32:09 PM »
I saw a post started for "Holiday" portraits.  Surely there has to be some outdoor holiday light pictures out there that have been taken.  I'll get it started with a picture from Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:27:06 AM »
You should be on the other thread "right now i am not happy to be a canon user" and you two can have a pitty party.  Booo hooo hooo hoo !!!!

Still stunned that people complain about spending their money. Damn Canon... they forced me to buy a great camera and now, months later, I don't like the price I paid because I couldn't wait. They screwed me!!!! Whaaaa whaaa... Adults make decisions about where to spend their money... you have no one to blame but yourself if you have buyer’s remorse. If you can't afford the price of entry and it's a financial hardship... you shouldn't be spending money you don’t have.

I could afford what I paid, I even held out about 4 months after release to see if the price would move, it did not, so I bought it.  Then the price starts falling.  I could afford it, I just don't like wasting money that could have been spent on other gear.

Again... buyers remorse. You should have waited until the mark 7 comes out, then you can score a mark 3 for for under 500$ on Ebay... in 2022! What I don't understand is how this is a "new" thing for some here. Like you were totally unaware there will be a price drop... A search of the threads on this forum will show that even before a new version comes out someone is asking "How long until the price drops on model X?"

I bought a 7D in 2009... I'm soooo pissed at the current price!!! Canon is horrible to lower the price that much. I wasted sooo much money. If only I had waited 3 years. The reality is that I bought the camera new and have enjoyed every single moment with it during this time... I was NOT ripped off. I put on my big boy pants, bought the camera and went out and took photos. I knew exactly what I was doing and I did not open a thread complaing about how evil Canon marketing is. 

Take some solace in the fact that after the 21st you won’t have to wallow in the shame of spending more than you think you should have. Have a Happy Mayan New year!!!

You are talking 3 YEARS on the 7d price drop.  I'm talking 3 months and its 20% cheaper, and I waited 3-4 months after release to see if it would fall due to the comments I read. That's quite a bit of difference in such a short time span.  A toons are louder than words and as I stated on won't be buying anything else until at least a year after initial launch.  I'm a hobbyist, so "jobs" mean nothing to me as far as recouping that early adopter surcharge that many of you mention.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:40:45 AM »
You should be on the other thread "right now i am not happy to be a canon user" and you two can have a pitty party.  Booo hooo hooo hoo !!!!

Still stunned that people complain about spending their money. Damn Canon... they forced me to buy a great camera and now, months later, I don't like the price I paid because I couldn't wait. They screwed me!!!! Whaaaa whaaa... Adults make decisions about where to spend their money... you have no one to blame but yourself if you have buyer’s remorse. If you can't afford the price of entry and it's a financial hardship... you shouldn't be spending money you don’t have.

I could afford what I paid, I even held out about 4 months after release to see if the price would move, it did not, so I bought it.  Then the price starts falling.  I could afford it, I just don't like wasting money that could have been spent on other gear.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:08:33 AM »
I'm with you.  I could get my 5d Mk III kit $700-800 less today than I paid 5 months go.  That's a lot of money to me that i just threw away.  I feel like I basically gave a charitable contribution to Canon.  That won't happen again as I will no longer be an early adopter of anything they bring to market.

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Lenses / "Big White" lens choice
« on: December 20, 2012, 09:08:06 AM »
Sometime this summer I will be making a substantial purchase for a big white. I will be using it for field sports, football; soccer, and bird/wildlife photography. I am looking at 2 options:

500mm f/4L II

or

400mm f/2.8L II + Extender 1.4x III

What would you choose and why?

Thanks

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I have a Nikon Coolscan V that I've had for 10-12 years. Excellent piece of equipment for slides and negatives. They no longer make them; however, you may be able to locate a good used one for a good price.  Mine was about $600 new, 10-12 years ago. 

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